Visiting Washington DC in The Gibson Lounge Posted July 31, 2015 · Report reply I live in the area, but about 50 miles north of DC. A lot depends on what you want to do and how you're getting here. I'll assume you're wanting to do the downtown DC Smithsonian type stuff. The closer you stay to a metro station the happier you will be. DC traffic sucks and parking is expensive. Metro is a great way to get around. The closest station to Georgetown is a long walk to Georgetown. Somebody mentioned Crystal City and that's a nice choice. There are some nice hotels in DC, but pricey. If you're flying into National there's a metro station right there. Old town Alexandria is nice. You can save some hotel money and stay further out. If you have a car most of the suburban metro stations have parking. It can be a fairly long ride downtown is the down side.